Bauer was obviously upset, although it wasn't clear whether he was mad at his performance or that manager Terry Francona was pulling him. An All-Star last year, Bauer had just allowed a two-run single to Nicky Lopez that gave the Royals a 7-5 lead with one out in the fifth inning. When Francona emerged from the dugout, Bauer turned, took a couple steps and fired.
Bauer, whose quirky pregame routine includes a lot of long toss, put that practice to use as he let fly. Several Cleveland infielders incredulously watched the episode — rookie center fielder Oscar Mercado had his back turned and was looking at the wall when he saw the ball land, and spun around, trying to figure out what happened.
As Francona reached the mound, he and Bauer appeared to exchange words. Francona followed Bauer into the dugout and both disappeared into the tunnel. Both reappeared in the dugout later in the inning, separate but both apparently fuming.
Bauer allowed eight runs, seven of them earned, on nine hits in 4 1/3 innings.
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